About Somasundaram (சோமசுந்தரம் பற்றி)

Welcome to Somasundaram's [aka Soma's] web site at FSU with information about my professional and personal interests. I am a Senior Research Associate, a 12-month non-tenured faculty at the Florida State University and the Director of the Macromolecular X-Ray Facility at the Kasha Laboratory, Institute of Molecular Biophysics (IMB). I have been at FSU and IMB since 1993.

Professional Work (சோமசுந்தரத்தின் வேலை விபரங்கள்)

I am responsible for the IMB X-Ray Facility, including teaching graduate students how to collect, process, and interpret macromolecular x-ray diffraction data. Since 2013, I am also responsible for the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry's two powder x-ray diffractometers: Rigaku Ultima III and PANalytical X-Pert Pro. Since 2007, I have been a mentor for the Department of Biological Science's Young Scholars Program. Since 2013, I am member of Florida Core Network and organized Florida Core Network Event 3 on Aug 11, 2016 at FSU. In September 2016, I became the Treasurer for Southeastern Association of Shared Resources (an affiliate of ABRF). Since 2014, I have been a faculty advisor for FSU's two newly Recognized Student Organizations (RSOs) HSA and HEAL. In Jan 2017, I helped host the Caspar Structural Biology Symposium at FSU CSL Auditorium.

Personal Interests (சோமசுந்தரத்தின் சொந்த விருப்பங்கள்)

Between 2005 and 2013, I served the India Association of Tallahassee (IATLH), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, at various capacities (Event Coordinator, General Secretary, President, and Trustee). Between 2007 and present I have served at various capacities such as the Chairman, Chair-Elect, and Board Member for the Asian Coalition of Tallahassee (ACT), a 501(c)(3) non-profit cultural organization that aims to promote awareness of Asian culture, heritage, and art throughout the greater Leon county. I am co-founder of the Tallahassee Tamil Sangam (TTS) that is dedicated to spreading Tamil language among the Tamil loving people of Tallhassee. I was a member of the Complete Count Committee of the FL Sunshine Census during the 2010 US Census. Since 2014, I have been member of the Tallahassee Human Relations Council and since 2016, I have been member of the Leon County Science Advisory Commmittee.


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